4E Reveals What’s Changing at Tombs

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If you didn’t already know, The Tombs is reopening tomorrow – September 6 – after a three month renovation. While 4E doesn’t want to reveal all that is changing (you’ll have to see for yourself), we do have the scoop on some of the new menu and drink deals rolling out this fall.

While some Tombs staples, like the Chicken #1, will remain, new dishes include Brussels sprout salad (yum) and a fried chicken sandwich.

Finally, for the moment you have all been waiting for … THE DRINK DEALS!!!

Due to the hard work and sleuthing of The Hoya’s news section, 4E has learned that The Tombs will be “implementing” cheaper prices for some of its libations. Did you read that? Yeah, that’s right, cheaper PRICES!

Several types of beer will be lowered in price, including a locally brewed beer called DC Brau. In addition, The Tombs will be introducing new drink specials, like $3 bourbon on Monday nights and $3 vodka on Wednesday nights.

Sorry, we didn’t give you every insider secret about the ~new~ Tombs, but we are pretty darn excited for its return. So, please show your school some pride and go to the reopening of this wonderful establishment steeped in Georgetown tradition… (and some questionable Hoya dance moves).

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What Your Favorite American Beverage Says About You

Fourth of JulyWith the Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to feel a little red, white and buzzed. At 4E, we pride ourselves on fulfilling the American dream and therefore, have done our own research on the best American beverages out there. The Fourth Edition is feeling a little star, spangled bannered hammered and luckily, we know exactly what you should be drinking this Independence Day (if you’re 21+, of course). Here are just a few of your favorite American libations and what they say about you.

Tito’s Vodka: You like to live life in the fast lane. You’re willing to spend a little extra guap to enjoy the finer things in life, because why the hell not? Your friend Tito is always at your side whether it’s with a splash of tonic and lime (ohhh you fancy) or just straight up. You’re that cool guy/gal at the party who people respect.

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at about an 8.

Natty Light: You just like to #party wherever and whenever. You enjoy the simple things and as long as you’re with your bros watching ESPN, you couldn’t be happier.  Your favorite color is Nantucket red and you would be more upset if your Fantasy Football team lost than if you failed your last finance exam.

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at about a 6.

Jack Daniels: You’re just f****** wild. You’re def the life of the party and do not live in ragrets, even though you probably should. You can make friends anywhere and the bartender at your favorite watering hole knows your name. You may not be the classiest, but you’re a nice guy/gal and always ready to show your patriotism.

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at a solid 10.

California White: In your natural state, you are on the quieter side, but once you get a little Jesus juice (wine) in you, you’re a lot (like a lot) louder. You enjoy hanging out in more intimate settings and have an tendency to eat a whole wheel of Brie when drunk. Your average rate of likes per photo on Instagram is over 100 and you talk in hashtags. You’re patriotic, but you’ve seen the world and know what’s out there (because you went abroad, obviously).

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at a 4.

Fireball: You don’t drink a lot, but when you do, it’s always a crazy time. You have a sweet tooth and thus, Fireball is your go-to. You can be a recluse during the week, hiding in the shadows of Lau. But when your friends finally get you out to Tombs, you tear up that dance floor (whether that is a good or bad thing). You’re studious, but also social. **Disclaimer: apparently, Fireball is Canadian, but that’s irrelevant**

On a 1 to Star, Spangled, Hammered scale, you’re at a 7.

We hope that all of you show your patriotism and love for ‘Murica this Fourth of July. Drink responsibly!

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Diary of a SWUG: The 10 Commandments of Tombs

Banner - Tombs CommandmentsEleven days ago marked the 99th day before graduation (cue tears). Now, we are down to 88. How scary is that? 88 more days until I am officially irrelevant (Read: irrelevant here, I will always be relevant). To keep you in the loop (and keep myself in check) I will be doing a series of posts focusing on these last 99 days. Join me on an adventure of Tombs, thesis writing and goodbyes. Is it too late now to say sorry?

For those of you who don’t know, for the last 99 days of school, Tombs hosts an event called “99 Days.” Basically, for 99 straight days, (some) Georgetown seniors will visit and buy something at Tombs. Those who succeed get all the glory and an empty bank account.

For my first installment, I will be presenting the ~10 Commandments of Tombs~. While these are not written down anywhere, they are certainly true and worth committing to memory:

^Basically, I am channeling this. Take notes, my friends.

Commandment #1: Thou shall not yell at the bartender (especially if its Jon). The bartender (barkeeps? therapists?) are your friends, so treat them with kindness and maybe you will get some special treatment. Also, they are people. Calm your chill, get off your high horse and join the rest of us. It is a bar, it is going to be crowded.

Commandement #2: Thou shall request songs. Not all the DJs know what your #currentjam is, so you probably should let them know. And, don’t take no for an answer. If you want to hear “My Shot” from Hamilton the Musical, you should be able to hear it (Note: everyone should also hear it).

Commandment #3: Thou shall not steal coats. Come on people, this isn’t Brown House. Aren’t we adults (or at least quasi-adults) now? It is cold out and there is no way that I am ubering back to my house after droppin’ so much money at Tombs.

Commandment #4: Thou shall not arrive too early on a weekend. Okay, this is more of a personal rule. The earlier you get there, the longer you are going to have to wait until you can dance. Personally, I love to dance and I believe having to wait is a crime. As much as I love all my friends, there comes a point when sitting in a booth can get a little tiring.

Commandment #5: Thou shall take advantage of all the drink deals. Being 21+ is expensive, as we have all realized. Tombs has so many drink deals, so why not save money where you can? Plus, if you are doing 99 days, you can still check in if you split pitchers and wine, FYI.

Commandment #6: Thou shall make friends with all of the adults who visit Tombs to relive their glory days. Whether your parents are in town or a wedding just let out, these adults want nothing more than for you to have a good time. Never turn down the opportunity to get some free drinks, or fries. Both are important.

Commandment #7: Thou shall not judge people on the dance floor. I’ve been advocating for a no-judgement zone on the Tombs dance floor for a while now. Whatever happens, happens. We only have a few more months to make fools of ourselves at this place. Does anyone care that much?

Commandment #8: Thou shall actually go to Tombs during the day. It can be easy to forget that Tombs is a restaurant with pretty awesome food. Instead of picking up ‘za at Pizzeria Paradiso, grab a Hoya Salad at Tombs. Or, just go for brunch. Because what is better than brunch?

Commandment #9: Thou shall be aware of what time it is. The worst thing about a night at Tombs is when you forget what time it is and end up the only one of your friends on the dance floor. Things can get hazy down at Tombs, so make sure you actually know when your friends are leaving so you aren’t stuck walking home at closing time.

Commandment #10: Thou shall have fun, no matter what. So you got into a fight with your friend. So some girl spilled her drink on you. It is my personal belief that these are some of the moments we are going to miss the most. Don’t let the little things keep you from enjoying the memories.

Stay tuned for my #knowledge in the coming weeks. That is, once I figure out my life a little more.

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Lau Really is a Club!

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D.C. has a ton of clubs: Cities, Eden or whatever the newest rage is… you get the point. Clubs and bars are fun to go to, but nothing can take the place of Georgetown’s very own Lauinger Library, the ultimate club.

Confused? Lau is basically the party of the year and by being a Georgetown student you are automatically invited!

Here are six ways a night at Lau is exactly like a night at the club:

1. Boys there ignore me.

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2. It’s hard to tolerate without copious amounts of alcohol.

3. The area next to the (coffee) bar is always the most crowded.

But I just wanted a caramel soy latte!
But I just want a chai tea latte!

4. The bathroom never has soap or paper towels after the weekend.

5. You usually stay well past 2am.

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Circa 4am

6. It’s full of underage college students.

Next time you are feeling bored and restless, save yourself a few bucks, put on your cutest yoga pants and hoodie and head across campus to Lauinger.

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5 Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit at College

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Here at 4E, we rejoice in all things Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza-related. Not even the soul-crushing Grinch that is Lau during finals can bring down our holiday spirits. This week, we did some Pinterest trolling (instead of our long list of papers) for the best DIY ways to celebrate the holidays at college and spread some joy.

tumblr_myckldVOnf1rawb5do1_5001.  Drink Nutella Hot Chocolate

Why waste precious Facebook stalking study time on the last-call Mug line (#ugh) when you can make your own unbelievably good – and easy – hot chocolate? Seriously, this is doable even in a common room kitchen. Just heat milk until steaming in a saucepan on medium-high heat, then whisk in two tablespoons of Nutella until dissolved. Pour in a thermos, add some whipped cream and chocolate syrup, and you’re ready to go! Buddy the Elf approved.

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This next one is slightly more complicated, but equally delicious. Nothing says “Ho Ho Ho” quite like Christmas cookies. If you don’t lose your self control at the sight of Pillsbury’s holiday themed slice-and-bakes, something is wrong with your childhood (or you’re just not an obese American #sorrynotsorry).

tumblr_lebsdnhbUK1qfpcniFor those with more gourmet tastes, we recommend these hot cocoa cookies with chocolate chunks and marshmallows melted on top. Find the recipe here, then wipe the drool off your face.

hot-cocoa-cookies-final-1-f 3.  Create a DIY Christmas Tree from Lights

The drab plaster and fluorescent lights of most dorm rooms can sometimes make it hard to feel like you’re walking in a Winter Wonderland during the holiday season. Get two for the price of one by building a Christmas tree on your wall out of twinkle lights! Bonus points if you hang up some homemade ornaments.

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In case your neighbors didn’t already know you #rage, make a holiday wreath from red solo cups to hang on your door. Tape cups together in the arrangement of your choosing and finish it off with a nice big bow. Also, it’s a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle!d4dadf667bb09380eabd8bdaeac77f135. Take a Christmas Card Instagram

Like Friendsgiving, but with the extra ego boost that is breaking your likes record. Get your closest friends or roommates, grab some Santa hats and ugly holiday sweaters, and gather round for a snapshot in the jolliest pose you can think of. Nothing says, “We know the true meaning of Christmas,” quite like fighting over which filter makes you look most tan.

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So bring some cheer to your finals season the 4E way. When in doubt, quote Elf and eat tons of chocolate.

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Georgetown Chipotle to Stop Free Drink Promotion

No more free drinksOnly three days after Chipotle founder and CEO Steve Ells delivered a lecture (which we live tweeted) on the Hilltop, tragedy has struck: The Chipotle restaurant located at 3255 M Street will no longer offer free drinks to Georgetown students.

The popular burrito spot is currently running a promotion in which Georgetown students do not have to pay for drinks, as long they present a valid university ID when paying for their meals. However, store manager Cisse Conde confirmed to 4E that the promotion will end on April 1, and soon, Hoyas will have to pay for their own beverages at the M Street location.

“We received an email this morning from our marketing strategies [department], saying that the drink promotion is culminating at the end of the month. It was not meant to go forever,” Conde said.

Here at 4E, we aren’t ones to wallow in such sadness. There are only nine days left until Chipotle’s free drink promotion ends, so until then, you’ll find us down at the M Street eatery, guzzling down as many free beverages as humanly possible.

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The Sassiest Corp Drinks

coffee sassWith midterms in swing and Lau packed with students “studying,” Corp products are increasing in popularity (and necessity). And believe it or not, finding the ideal beverage can be a difficult and arduous process. I spent a half hour today reading menus at UG, trying to decipher names and decide which concoction of goodness I should choose. It’s not only about taste and ingredients, though. One must consider the sass factor when deciding on a Corp beverage — and here at 4E, we’re all about sass. That’s why we’ve made this handy list for you. You’re welcome.

The Sassiest Corp Drinks

1. Divas Exotica (strawberry and mango ice tea with soy) This is one of my favorite sassy drinks at the Corp locations, because it is both delicious and really fun to order. Divas. For. Ever.

2. Daisy Buchanan (lemonade and heaven) Daisys are the backbone of my springtime drink diet. They bring me happiness and remind me of the sassiest Gatsby character around. Someone please tell me, what is better than that?

3. Red Eye (espresso me up, baby) If you hear someone order this, you know they mean business. Never cross someone with a sassy disposition and a red eye in hand.

4. Metropolitan (rich almond mocha perfection) Yes, this is actually how it is described. Almond milk is one of the more individualistic types of milk. Make it a mocha and you win. It’ll bring out your inner Beyoncé.

5. Golden Ticket (white chocolate butterscotch steamer) Can you imagine butterscotch and chocolate and warm milk mixed into one steamy cup of goodness? Order this drink and you have truly won the Golden Ticket … of fierceness.

6. Eleanor Rigby (caramel hazelnut paradise) The mixture of these two amazing flavors leads to actual paradise. This drink gives the real “Eleanor Rigby” a run for its money… just kidding. Come on — who can beat the Beatles?

7. The Anna K (vanilla iced coffee with whip) I am actually amazed whenever I see someone drink this because there is so much attitude in one drink. I have always wanted to try it but I have been too scared. It seems like such an amazing combination. Maybe one day I will build up the courage to order it. Until then, I’ll just keep watching “Cups” by the other Anna K.

8. Zenmaster (white jasmine tea; a blissful balance) I am such a fan of flavored teas. But white jasmine tea? Game changer. After you try this, you will never go back to the classic English breakfast ever again, because you’ll be so sassy… in a good way.

Order them and become part of the Corp’s inner circle of sassiness. I dare you. But make sure you say their names; don’t be a poseur.

Which Corp drink do you think is the sassiest?
Divas Exotica
Daisy Buchanan
Red Eye
Metropolitan
Golden Ticket
Eleanor Rigby
Anna K
Zenmaster
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How to Prep Properly for Spring Break

Spring BreakWhy does it seem like we just came back from winter break and we are already taking midterms? For everyone who feels like they can’t study for one more second or wake up early anymore: There’s still hope.

SPRING BREAK is only 12 days from today, and preparation time is officially upon us! If you still haven’t made plans, stop everything you’re doing, forget about your midterms (there are more important things in life) and start planning.

1. Find some friends Sorry, not sorry, family, but this week is for getting away from the Hilltop while taking some of the Hilltop with you. Plan a trip with a group of your closest friends, with your favorite club or sports team or even with those friends you haven’t seen for the past few months and need to see again.

2. Look for the best destination Consider nightlife, money, fun activities and weather. Here are some recommendations…

  • California If you want to feel young, wild and free, consider flying out to the West Coast. It is definitely not that mainstream of a plan, and possibilities range from camping in the wild to roadtripping around Cali to visiting San Francisco or just hanging out on one of the many beaches. And consider that California boys and girls are undeniable! You might want to have a share…
  • Miami, South Beach: Good food (well, everything not related to Leo’s is good food), a nice beach and the best nightlife possible sounds like a full package to me. Plus, traveling inside the country might be easier and cheaper.
  • Islands around Latin America or the Caribbean I recommend Punta Cana, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta or the Bahamas. These are my favorite of all the options, but I’m obviously biased because I just bought my ticket to Punta Cana. Say ciao to this cold winter and welcome the sun from these tropical islands. Palms, white sand, crystalline water, all-inclusive hotels, exotic cocktail drinks, concerts in the sand, PARTY, PARTY, PARTY. You will have the opportunity to get that piercing you always wanted (but your parents did not let you have), go parasailing, get a henna (or real) tattoo or just do nothing in a hammock.

3. Talk to your parents Now that you’ve decided where to go, show them how much you’ve worked during midterms and how much you love them. It’s all a matter of being convenient and praying for mercy.

4. Prepare Create multiple music playlists, go shopping for sexy bikinis, go to Yates as much as you can (in two weeks, miracles might happen) and, whatever you do, ignore the calorie count picture in the bathroom stalls around campus; we don’t want you to get depressed.

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5. Study now Work, work, work. When spring break comes, you should not have pending work to distract you from relaxing! Remember: In 12 days, you’ll just be disconnecting from everything.

Buena suerte con todo, Hoyas! And start booking if you haven’t already!

Photos: Lupita Humbert for The Hoya, mi9.com

Fall Bucket List

4E's Fall bucket listExcluding the mysterious week of ninety-degree weather we recently experienced, the fall has officially arrived at the Hilltop. From the changing leaves to the swarms of Barbour jackets and Hunter boots, all the signs of a new season have shown themselves. But fall means something a little different for everyone, right? Perhaps your favorite holiday is fast approaching or maybe it means you can finally order that pumpkin spice latte from Saxbys? Either way, we all have our lists of things to do in this leafy wonderland.

Here at 4E, we would like to offer out some of our own fall bucket list contributions. Regardless of what your real class syllabus says, these are the assignments are things you actually need to get done:

1. Pumpkins and Apples These are easily fall’s go-to flavors, and while one could argue they can never get old, a new recipe needs to appear. We’ve seen the hot drinks, warm pastries and delightful-smelling candles but what else can be created? This fall, try to challenge yourself to think of a new combination. In the end, this bucket list check off could be big. Who knows, maybe this could be your legacy at Georgetown or just something else to do instead of homework. Either way it’s a win-win situation.

2. Leo’s S’mores Basically, I’m looking for some student chefs this fall, can’t you tell? But, I really believe that making s’mores at Leo’s is possible. We all see the new desserts as soon as we walk into the culinary beacon that is O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront. Accomplishing this task could be as simple as combining graham crackers from Vittles and the marshmallows and chocolate chips from Leo’s and putting them all together in the microwave. I know it can be done and I’m just looking for the person to do it. (If you are that person, send us your Leo’s s’mores pic or hashtag it with #thefourthedition on Instagram. You might even get featured on 4E’s InstagraMondays! See below)

3. Fall Insta You know what I’m talking about. That big tree outside your dorm you see every morning? Now is the time to make sure you snap a picture of it on that perfect sunny and breezy day. Just wait for the moment when it has the ideal blend of red, yellow, green and orange. This tree photo could even lead to you achieving a personal record high number of likes on Instagram. Do you know why? Because if a beautiful moment happens in nature, and someone doesn’t take a picture of it, people will start to wonder if it ever really happened (See recent sunset pictures for further proof).

4. Football Games This may be blasphemous on my part, but it took my Uncle visiting – a former Fordham alumni – to tell me who we were playing this Saturday at our football game … which is something I don’t want to talk about. Really, though: what could be more picturesque than standing in the bleachers cheering on your fellow Hoyas, while sipping that warm drink of choice on a crisp, fall Saturday? It’s a nice way to enjoy your weekend afternoon and raise school spirit at the same time. Bring some friends or, better yet, make it a dorm-floor event! The fall weather provides a great atmosphere where you are not too hot, but not too cold, all you need is a light jacket (even though we’re far away from April 25th). And for those that are worried they might not have the knowledge to go to a football game, again, have no fear: The Fourth Edition can help you out there as well.

In the meantime, get out there Hoyas! Take on your fall bucket list before the weather gets cold and the government defaults on its debt payments!

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Hot Spots to Cool Off: Jazz in the Garden

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Dear Mother Nature:

STOP. It’s currently 88 degrees outside, and my body temperature is somewhere between a baked rotisserie chicken and the depths of Mauna Loa. If you’re feeling anything like I am, you’re craving for a respite, a refuge, an escape from the sweaty horrors of D.C. summer. Good thing 4E has got you covered.

Throughout the season, we’ll be telling you all the tips, tricks, and places to go to beat the grueling Washington heat. So before your clothes begin melting into your skin, let’s begin. Here’s this week’s installment of 4E’s Hot Spots to Cool Off.

This week’s place to cool off is a D.C. favorite: Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art (after all, what could be cooler than the crisp, popping melodies of jazz?!) Every summer, the National Gallery sponsors free jazz performances every Friday evening at its outdoor café. The venue is located at The Pavilion Café at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden at 7th and Constitution NW, Washington, D.C. (nearest Metro stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian and Judiciary Square.)

The best part? Admission is free! – visitors can enjoy syncopated music and jazzy melodies in a cool garden setting, surrounded by the Gallery’s large sculpture sculpture collection. The garden includes pieces by Roy Liechtenstein, Louise Bourgeois and Roxy Paine, among many others.

In addition, guests may purchase food and drinks from the Pavilion Café and the carts surrounding the venue. The café offers appetizers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and numerous refreshing ice-cold drinks, as well as outdoor grill items including pork sandwiches, Italian sausages and jerk chicken. Moreover, guests over 21 can enjoy a cool selection of on-site alcoholic beverages, including sangria, wine and beer (readers be wary: all outside alcohol will be confiscated, so don’t try to bring any!) However, outside food is permitted, so to get the most bang for your buck, pack a picnic and bring it to the performance.

Concerts begin at 5pm on Fridays and last until approximately 8:30pm. To get the best seating, guests are advised to arrive early. To get the full list of Jazz in the Garden dates and performances, click here, and for more information check out this link (and this link) or call (202) 289-3360.

And in the meantime, stay cool, Hoyas!

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